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Columbus State University

Master of Science in Nursing

College of Education and Health Professions

School of Nursing

Program Description

The M.S.N. is an online degree which has been offered solely and cooperatively by Columbus State University and Georgia Southwestern University, both fully accredited institutions in the University System of Georgia.  The Georgia Intercollegiate Consortium for Graduate Nursing Education (GICGNE) has a mission to prepare safe and competent professional nurses, who in collaboration with others, provide or facilitate high quality patient-centered care in a global society and achieve academic excellence in nursing education through learner centered teaching, evidence based practice, creative inquiry and student engagement. Also, the mission is to prepare competent and caring individuals for a life of success and leadership in professional nursing through intellectual, personal and social growth and to contribute to the communities in which they live and work. The master's degree program in nursing at Georgia Intercollegiate Consortium for Graduate Nursing Education (Consortium of Columbus State University and Georgia Southwestern University) is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG) has approved the dissolution of the Georgia Intercollegiate Graduate Nursing Education (GICGNE) and for both universities in this consortium to have their own master’s of science in nursing programs. For those students enrolled in GICGNE, there will be no change- students will remain enrolled under GICGNE until graduation.

CSU School of Nursing will begin enrolling new students in the CSU-only M.S.N. program in Spring 2020. This will include students in all tracks of informatics, education, or leadership. The MSN program will be the same program as offered under GICGNE, including all courses in each degree track. Because the master's degree is only accredited under GICGNE, we will be seeking separate accreditation.

Therefore, the master's degree program in nursing at Columbus State University is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (  Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.  

The 36 hour program prepares professional registered nurses for advanced practice nursing roles. These include three separate tracks: the nurse educator, nurse leader, and nurse informaticist.  

Nursing education concentration prepares nurses to facilitate learning in various environments through the application of knowledge in instructional design, curriculum development, technology utilization, and evaluation of learning.

Leadership concentration prepares nursing leaders who are able to influence, design, manage, transform, and evaluate the evolution of nursing services and care delivery.

Informatics concentration prepares graduates who are proficient in health information technology and essential informatics competencies to function within health care environments.

Dorline Nelson
Nursing Website

Career Opportunities

The nurse educator role prepares professional nurses to assume entry-level teaching positions in collegiate and hospital settings, as well as community settings with staff or patients. You will also have a clinical focus which will enable to use this in teaching positions with students, staff members, and patients. Roles within Nurse Educator practice include:

• Educator in collegiate or post secondary setting
• Health educator
• Program planner
• Staff educator
• Patient educator
• Researcher
• Collaborator
• Consultant
• Case manager
• Practitioner
• Health care provider

The nurse informaticist role prepares professional nurses to work in hospitals, clinics, and community health setting to provide systems preparation and development as well as training and continued support for users. You may also work in industries related to sales, systems design, and training those who will use technology. 

The nurse leader role prepares professional nurses to work in management or administration settings such as hospitals, community agencies, long-term care facilities, governmental agencies and facilities, industries and corporations.

Admission Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN) from a regionally accredited university and a nationally accredited nursing program (NLNAC or CCNE)
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (regular admission) or 2.75 (provisional admission)
  • Current unencumbered RN license in the state where clinical course requirements will be met
  • Three (3) professional letters of reference
  • Acceptance into the Graduate School at Columbus State University

Students who do not meet GPA and/or GRE minimal admission requirements may be admitted on a provisional basis. They must maintain a 3.0 GPA in their coursework once admitted into the program.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:
  • Implement selected advanced nurse role-leader, educator, informaticist, or practitioner within health care
  • Develop and nurture interprofessional collaborations by communicating and consulting with other health care professionals
  • Evaluate influence of ethical principles on personal and organizational decision-making
  • Utilize nursing research for promotion of quality nursing education, safe, client-centered health care, and evidence based practice
  • Employ critical thinking in application of nursing and multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks to foster optimal client health outcomes
  • Exemplify cultural competence and sensitivity to diversity in academic and health care environments
  • Demonstrate competence in leadership roles and a commitment to ongoing professional development for provision of quality, cost-effective client-centered health care and advancement of nursing practice
  • Utilize informatics to improve client outcomes

Additional Program Requirements

The MSN degree is awarded on completion of course work with a 3.0 or better grade point average (GPA), fulfillment of candidacy requirements and successful completion of required course and program requirements.